New Paltz Jan 27th 1864
Miss Rachel Eltinge
Your letter dated 24th inst.
was received last evening. Mother is home & well,
although she has been quite unwell since she came
home. I have heard or read that people some=
=times get sick because they think about &
dread it so much. I hope this will not be
the case with you. Take particular care
not to take cold. If this sore throat complain
should attack you, why you have physicians
who understand the peculiarity of the disease
& its treatment better than our doctors would.
If however it should be thought best by Mr.
Wright & the attending physician for you
to come home because of an infectious
character of the disease, let me know &
I will come or send for you immediately.
But I do not think such is the case.
I will inclose [sic] five dollars here in if I do
not forget it as you did Lib’s Program Concert of
Rachel Eltinge, born April 8, 1847, was one of the six children of Roelif Eltinge (1809-1884) and Blandina LeFevre (1812-1875). Rachel attended the Poughkeepsie Female Academy and went on to marry Solomon DuBois (1839-1924) on November 11, 1875. The couple had four children. Solomon DuBois was known for his fruit farms in Modena and New Paltz, and for raising Holstein-Fresian cattle that he acquired from Holland. These letters are part of the Solomon DuBois and Rachel Eltinge Family Papers (1812-1944).
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